Originally Posted by snofun3
"What I'm saying is that skiing in the east does not suck". OK, well everything is relative, and this probably works on some level, but compared to the western skiing, well, it really does suck, sorry. Ever seen anyone come from the west to ski the east - right, there's a reason for that.
Somewhat difficult to understand exactly what your question is, but if it's skiing east versus west, with 40+ seasons in the east, I have a clue about this. Sure there's "powder" days ("plenty of deep powder days" - funny, but umm, no), however at many (most) of the the resorts south of K-Mart that have pitiful vertical and "steeps" you often have to pole through the 15%+ moisture stuff to keep going.
Then, there are all the thermal cycles, that make that lovely damp "powder" freeze up into the boilerplate that's so prevelant everywhere.I always chuckle at the "powder" pictures, since I know that after about the 6th person that's gone down, it's scraped back to the underlying ice, so you go from heavy damp stuff, to ice repeatedly, putting your knees at severe risk.I remember an "epic" storm 2 years ago at K-Mart, and by late morning I have movies of the kids sliding down on their bellies for laughs, as all that epic pow was in the woods, or in big clumps.
Then of course the the number of flailers all trying to squeeze into the piste, so every run is a quasi-demo derby. And if there is a dump, many don't know what to do with it, so it gets all scraped off quickly.
Ever heard an eastern skier say they don't know how to ski (real) powder? Ever heard a western skier say they don't know how to ski groomers? Right.
Whistler is not a good example of western snow, as it's in a Pacific rain forest, and very close to the ocean. I ski there 15-20 days a year, and it's probably got the most marginal snow of the west, however, with over 8,000 acres, there's always somewhere to play that's still light years better than most anything on the least coast.
Friends asked why I would move to south Florida this year when I'm such a ski fanatic. Simple answer - CO, SLC, BC etc are about the same distance. For the past two years I have about 100 days total, of which less than 10 were in the East.If you think an epic powder day at cannon is epic, try one at Snowbird. Or Squaw. Or Snowbasin. Or A-Basin, or Steamboat, or, or, or.......Ski the least? Thanks anyways - life's too short.